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Printed Circuit Board Designer's Reference: Basics

Book Description

  • PCB design instruction and reference manual, all in one book!

  • In-depth explanation of the processes and tools used in modern PCB design

  • Standards, formulas, definitions, and procedures, plus software to tie it all together

  • Buy it to learn, but keep it as a valued reference tool!

    Printed circuit boards (PCBs) literally form the backbone of electronic devices. The electronics industry continues its spread into every aspect of modern life, yet surprisingly little written material exists about PCB standards and design. At the same time, the industry is beginning to feel the effects of a lack of new designers entering the field! To address this situation, PCB design authority Christopher T. Robertson wrote Printed Circuit Board Designer's Reference: Basics.

    This book teaches the essentials of PCB design—the same standards and techniques used in the field, but collected in one place. You'll learn most of the key design techniques in use today, and be in the perfect position to learn the more advanced methods when you're ready. On the job, Printed Circuit Board Designer's Reference: Basics will continue to serve as an indispensable reference source filled with tables, charts, and task checklists you'll definitely want to keep on hand. Rounding out the book is a valuable software package DR Resource (Designer's Reference Resource) a multifunction calculator that manages the day-to-day activities of the PCB designer, performs project management functions, and keeps vital documentation and standards data right at your fingertips. Inside you'll find:

  • Thorough coverage of PCB design tools and techniques

  • Tools for everyday calculations, useful tables, quick reference charts, and a full checklist covering the entire design process

  • Clear explanations of where values come from, how to use and adjust them, and much more

  • This book was written for new designers looking for a solid foundation in PCB design, although designers with more experience will find the reference material, software, and explanations of the values that manufacturers use invaluable as well.

    Table of Contents

    1. Copyright
      1. Dedication
    2. Prentice Hall Modern Semiconductor Design Series
    3. About Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
    4. Preface
      1. Scope
      2. What a Designer Should Know
      3. How This Book Is Organized
      4. Conventions Used
        1. Figures and Tables
        2. Designer's Checklist
        3. Notes and Tips
        4. Metric versus Inch
      5. Software Provided
      6. Web Site
      7. Acknowledgments
    5. Designer's Checklist
      1. Circuit Designer Requirements
        1. Initial Planning
      2. Printed Circuit Board Design Checklist
        1. Define Constraints
        2. Begin Design
        3. Initial Checks
        4. Manual Routing
        5. Auto Routing
        6. Additional Markings
        7. Creating a Manufacturing/Fabrication Drawing
        8. Documentation
        9. Application Company Specific Information
        10. Check Plots (not required)
        11. Approval
        12. Output
        13. File Archive
        14. Incoming Board Inspection
      3. Printed Circuit Board Assembly Checklist
        1. Create an Assembly Drawing
    6. 1. Introduction to a Printed Circuit Board
      1. What Is a PCB?
      2. What a PCB Is Made Of
        1. Core/Core Material
        2. Pre-Preg
        3. Copper Foil
        4. Copper Plating
        5. Solder Flow
        6. Solder Mask
        7. The Trace
        8. The Pad
        9. The Plated Hole
        10. The Non-Plated Thru-Hole
        11. Slots and Cutouts
        12. The Board Edge
      3. A Thumbnail Sketch of the Design Process
      4. Summary
    7. 2. Design for Manufacturing
      1. About Fabrication Notes
      2. Technologies
      3. Defining Fabrication Limits
      4. The Fabrication Drawing
      5. The Fabrication Process and Fabrication Notes
        1. Set-Up
          1. Specify the Quality and the Reliability of the Board
          2. Specify Tg and Heat
          3. Specify the Core Material Type
          4. Specify the Pre-Preg
          5. Define Layer Stack-Up
          6. Define Stack-Up Notes
          7. Define the Material Type
          8. Define the Copper Thickness
          9. Define the Material Tolerance
          10. Define the Overall Thickness
          11. Define DS Core and ML Core
        2. Fabrication Set-up
        3. Imaging
        4. Etching
        5. Chemical Etch Process
        6. Plasma/Laser Etch
        7. Define Trace Width and Tolerance
        8. Multilayer Pressing
        9. Drilling
        10. Plating/Hole Plating
        11. Second Drill
        12. Masking
        13. Board Finish
        14. Silk Screening
        15. Route
        16. Quality Control
        17. Thru-Hole Quality Check
        18. Electrical Test
      6. Summary
    8. 3. Design for Assembly
      1. Soldering a Thru-Hole Component
      2. Quality Solder Joints
        1. Adequate Pad Surface Area
      3. Determining the Annular Ring for Assembly
      4. Component Spacing
      5. Component Placement
      6. Manual Assembly versus Auto Assembly
      7. Single-Sided Assembly versus Double-Sided Assembly
        1. Footprints
      8. Manual Assembly
        1. Hole Preparation
          1. Hole Clearance
        2. Soldering a Surface Mount Component
      9. Auto Assembly
        1. When to Auto Assemble
        2. Required Elements
        3. Other Considerations
        4. Assembly Limitations
        5. Ordering a Board
      10. Summary
    9. 4. Schematics and the Netlist
      1. Schematic Entry
      2. Understanding Electricity
      3. Software Terminology
        1. Other Attribute Definitions
      4. Understanding Components
        1. Symbol Types
        2. Components Display
        3. Net Names
      5. Schematic Standards
      6. Schematic Design Checklist
      7. Schematic Styles
      8. Sheets and Strategies
      9. Connectors and Sheet Connectors
      10. Summary
    10. 5. Designing a PCB
      1. Initial Design Determination
      2. Getting Started Using Tools of the Trade
      3. Utilities and Accessories
      4. Documenting Standards and Materials
      5. Gathering and Defining Preliminary Information
        1. Designing a PCB Using a Design Checklist
        2. Constraints
        3. Technology-Driven Constraints
      6. Defining Constraints and Requirements
        1. Define Constraints
        2. Type and Reliability Determination
        3. Board Size and Surface Mount Use
        4. Noting RF/EMF Considerations
        5. Environmental Considerations
        6. Defining the Required Board Area
        7. Defining the Required Board Thickness
      7. Determining the Material Type to Use
      8. Designing the Board
        1. Selecting Material Thickness and Copper Weight
        2. Determine Copper Thickness
        3. Defining Trace/Width
        4. Standardizing Trace Width
        5. Selecting the Dielectric Material
        6. Defining Copper Thickness, Trace Width, Number of Layers, and Technology
        7. The Pad and the Thru-Hole
        8. Defining the Thru-Hole
          1. Non-Soldered Thru-Hole
          2. Soldered Thru-Holes
          3. The Thermal Pad
          4. Non-Plated Thru-Holes
          5. Non-Plated Thru-Holes, with Pad
          6. Non-Plated Thru-Holes, without Pad
        9. Mounting Holes
        10. Aspect Ratio
        11. Determining What Fabrication/Registration Errors Are Applicable
        12. Finding the Current Capacity of a PLTH
        13. Defining Space/Clearance
          1. Trace to Trace and Trace to Via
          2. Trace to Pad (Soldered)
          3. Trace-to-Hole
          4. Hole-to-Hole
          5. Pad to Pad
        14. Solder Dams
        15. Clearances and Board-to-Edge Clearance
        16. Slots
        17. Making Board Edge/Slot Clearance
        18. Tooling
        19. Fiducials
        20. Component Placement and Routing Methodology
        21. Determining Trace Width from Space Available
        22. Escape and Fan-Out
        23. Wide Line Routing
        24. Branch Circuits
        25. Component Placement for Routing
        26. Form or Function
        27. Primary Routing Layer
        28. Primary Routing Direction
        29. Single-Sided Route
        30. Routing Bends/Miters
        31. Bus Routing
        32. Noise, RF, EMF, Crosstalk, and Parallel Lines
        33. Placement and Routing Interactivity
        34. Material Stack-Up
      9. Specifying the Manufacturing Do's and Don'ts
      10. Templates
      11. Summary
    11. 6. Libraries, Components, and Data Sheets
      1. Understanding Components
        1. The Two Halves of a Component
      2. Component Consistency
        1. Component Standards
        2. Common Component Acronyms
      3. Component Symbol Types
      4. Library Naming Convention
      5. Manufacturer-Generic vs. Manufacturer-Specific Components
      6. Deciphering a Data Sheet and Manufacturer's Standards—SMD
        1. Package Styles by Manufacturer
        2. The Data Sheet
      7. Drawing the Components
      8. Multiple Aspects of the Same Component
        1. Patterns
        2. Symbols
        3. Labeling Pin 1
        4. Naming the Component
      9. Summary
    12. 7. Board Completion and Inspection
      1. Why Inspect?
        1. Plating
      2. Summary
    13. 8. Drawing an Assembly
      1. Creating an Assembly Drawing
      2. Determining the Type of Assembly Drawing Required
      3. Assembly Views
        1. Merging the Silk Screen
        2. Assembly Drawing Checklist
        3. Assembly Notes
      4. Assembly Drawing Final Note
      5. Summary
    14. Examples
      1. Schematics
      2. PCBs
    15. Glossary
    16. About the Author
    17. License Agreement and Limited Warranty
    18. About the CD-ROM
      1. License Agreement
      2. Technical Support